This is Neil Young‘s second album of 2014 And it is really different than ‘A Letter Home’ which was a coveralbum.
‘Storytone,’ however includes 10 new songs written by Young and has a very sensable intimite feel, there are two versions of this album one was made with assistance from a 92-piece orchestra, choir and big band and the other is performed solo.
Both have one thing in common though: the very laid back feel.
I really believe this is a very strong Neil Young album!
On songs like ‘Plastic Flowers’ and ‘Who’s Gonna Stand Up,’ Young is protesting against the widespread environmental problems which we are creating on our planet, and wondering who’ll “protect the land from the greed of man.”
It is a theme in which Neil has put his heart and soul still fighting against the way goverments and the rich and powerfull are treating our planet.
It is really a wonderfull thing that after many albums in which he gives his strong messages he still goes forward delivering them. He is a one of a kind hippie in his heart. Hopefully many of us earthlings, young and old will hear his messages and start doing something with it too.
‘I Want to Drive My Car,’ is a typical on the road song, “I gotta find some fuel,” is a hidden message towards the huge amount of oil use which should be less.
The solo version of the album is laid back easy listening and grows on you.
Also all songs which are orchestrated are executed perfectly in a way that you don't have to be a diehard Young fan to really dig this album, it departs a bit from classic 70's jeans rock.
Also said it's not only about the environmental issue here, love songs and a song about Chicago are also there which gives it not only a protest content vibe.
‘When I Watch You Sleeping,’ having this great southern feel, ‘Tumbleweed’ and 'Who's Gonna Stand Up' are the songs that really stand out, Classics!
So to wrap it up here, it is a Neil Young album which can be seen as a little bit more mainstream, with many influences, like classic, country, americana, rock, brass, which is best listened to laid back at a cozy campfire letting the lyics and emotional breaking vocals sink in.